Czech research finds that majority must change its approach to Romani people in order to improve the situation in the schools28.6.2019 6:04 full story
videoMagdalena Karvayová: Romani children in the Czech schools are still segregated, we can change that6.1.2019 11:24 full story
Michal Miko: Amendment to education decree violates the Romani Integration Strategy, Czech state obliged to implement inclusion7.12.2018 12:31 full story
Foreign Affairs, Justice, Labor and Social Affairs Ministries warn EdMin changes to inclusion violate the Czech Republic's obligations6.12.2018 16:44 full story
videoCzech amendment to school regulations is a step backward, actual needs of children to be ignored5.12.2018 12:48 full story
Jana Horváthová: Affirmative action and inclusion will solve the situation of Roma in the Czech Republic8.11.2018 8:59 "I was always crouching somewhere out of sight so nobody would start talking about 'gypsies', or about the Holomeks, so that nobody would discover my roots. I was faint-hearted, mixed up. Once I accepted my Romani identity, if was as if I could suddenly stand up straight. All of a sudden you can breathe freely, without constantly anticipating that somebody is about to cause you harm. You begin to live in a better way - although I do not always openly tell people that I am a Romani woman," Jana Horváthová, the director of the Museum of Romani Culture who is an ethnographer, historian, and museologist, says in an extensive interview for Vlasta magazine (issue number 44/2018). full story
Open Society Fund Prague conference on Romani children's access to education: How to explain the delay?18.11.2017 18:05 An estimated 300 000 Romani people live in the Czech Republic, the equivalent of approximately 3 % of the overall population. In 2007 the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Romani children here face discrimination in education on the basis of their ethnicity.
US expert from the Bronx on inclusive education: Involve schools whose principals are prepared for this work17.5.2017 8:41 Speaking at the American Center in Prague on 15 May, the American education expert Monique Fletcher gave a talk about an education program that has proven effective in more impoverished areas of New York City, specifically in the Bronx. The seminar was organized by the Open Society Foundation Prague, which annually invites an expert on inclusive education to the Czech Republic. full story
Czech survey finds most people not opposed to inclusion, but children living with disabilities or Romani children raise concerns27.3.2017 17:28 Most people in the Czech Republic (53 %) are not against including children living with disabilities into mainstream classes as long as certain conditions are fulfilled. The groups of people who have extreme opinions about inclusion - whether against it or for it - are smaller. full story
Interview with Czech Vice-Mayor who believes the Govt method for identifying Romani people crosses the line17.3.2017 8:57
Ivan Langr, the Vice-Mayor of Liberec who is opposed to the "Romani census" that the Czech Government requires for its annual report on the state of the Romani minority, has taken a sharp stand recently. He has even compared the method of estimating who is Romani according to people's appearance to the approaches taken by members of the SS during the Second World War.full story
Kate Lapham: School should be a place where children learn how to live in society as citizens, to treat each other with respect, and to solve problems7.12.2016 17:30 Kate Lapham: School should be a place where children learn how to live in society as citizens, to treat each other with respect, and to solve problems
Interview with Kate Lapham, senior Program Manager, Open Society Education Support Program
First I would like to ask you about whether there are any interesting projects in Europe that we could see as successful examples of integration under challenging circumstances?
There has been a great experience in Northern Ireland around the integration of Catholic and Protestant students. The aim is to put these two groups of students, who had previously been experiencing or still are experiencing the impacts of the conflict there within their own family, into the same school environment so they can learn together and also live together again. full story